National Dendrological Park "Sofiyivka" NAS of Ukraine

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Institution Code: UMAN

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

Scientific and Laboratorial building and hotel
Scientific and Laboratorial building and hotel

About the National Dendrological Park "Sofiyivka" NAS of Ukraine

The National dendrological park “Sofiyivka” is an outstanding masterpiece of landscape architecture of end of the 18-th – the beginning of the 19-th centuries, the monument of landscape architecture of Ukraine, included into the National Register of the National Culture Achievement, the museum of nature and landscape art.
In the list of 7 miracles of Ukraine, which was determined in summer of 2007, the dendrological park “Sofiyivka” reasonable was awarded first place.
The National dendrological park “Sofiyivka” NAS of Ukraine is a scientific research institution of NAS of Ukraine and has been recognized as a scientific centre. The main directions of work are plant introduction, acclimatization, biodiversity preservation, landscape park building. Structural subdivisions of the institution are the following scientific departments:
- of dendrology, plant introduction, park development and ecology of plants;
- of reproductive biology of plants and introduction;
- of physiology, selection, genetics and biotechnology;
- of herbaceous plants of natural and cultivated flora.
At the same time, “Sofiyivka” – is a unique, romantic landscape park, a hand-made monument of human genius. Not only one generation of owners has changed, though today it yields to no one in this respect owning to the efforts of the workers of all historical periods of the park. According to its maintenance and restoration works a special attention is paid to preserving and recreating the original outlook of the park with preserving historical trustworthiness of its elements accordingly to archival materials and in obedience to Florence Charter.
Annually the park is visited by about 600 thousand visitors not only from Ukraine, but all over the world. There is a fantastic and rich culture program for the guests of “Sofiyivka”. First of all, there are qualified excursions which are conducted in Ukrainian, Russian, English, German, Polish and other languages. A walking tour can be varied a ride in a carriage along the alleys, exciting voyage in the underground river Aheront by boat, but also you can enjoy a voyage in the Upper and Lower ponds in the steamboat “Sofia”, ferry boats, gondolas, and catamarans.
The complex of tourists service of Dendrological park “Sofiyivka” consists of 3 hotels (for 125 persons), Scientist’s House with the Winter Garden and the Museum of Marmoreal Sculpture, a restaurant, a cafe, bars, saunas, car parkings, “Flora” shop; exhibition-shop “Aquanarium”, which has nearly 50 kinds of fish; the museum of wax sculpture.

Main Address:
National Dendrological Park "Sofiyivka" NAS of Ukraine
Kievska 12 a
Cherkassy 20300 Ukraine

Telephone: +380474436319
Fax: +380474437294
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. prof. I.S. Kosenko
    Curator's Name: Dr. V. Grabovyy
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Dr. A. Kuzemko
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 226
    Educational Staff Number: 150
    Research Staff Number: 64
    Administration Staff Number: 12

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1796
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 18 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 154 Hectares
  • Total Area: 180 Hectares
    Latitude: 48.7666
    Longitude: 30.7666
    Annual Rainfall: 633 mm
    Altitude: 170.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Національний дендрологічний парк "Софіївка" НАН України
  • Local Address: Київська 12 а
  • Locality: City: Умань
  • Locality: State: Черкаська обл.

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 850
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 154
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 600000
    Number of Volunteers: 36

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 2514
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3175
  • Special Collections:The main activities of the National dendrological park “Sofiyivka” NAS of Ukraine include the study of natural and cultural flora of the Right-Bank Forest-Steppe Zone of Ukraine; the conservation of the collection of plants in artificial conditions, including rare and endangered species as well as plantation and landscape composition of the park; researches in the area of introduction and acclimatization of the plants and plant cover protection; development of the reproduction technologies for the more important species of plants and its improving in culture; scientific and educational work in the sphere of botany, nature conservation, ornamental gardening and landscape architecture. The collection of the dendropark “Sofiyvka” contains 3175 taxa of plants including 519 woody, 1603 bushy, 115 lianas, 1035 herbaceous. Among them 33 taxa of Corylus, 131 of Filbert, 25 of Acer, 30 of Fagus, 50 of Picea, 24 of Pinus, 12 of Tilia, 8 of Carpinus, 9 of Cercis, 28 of Malus, 18 of Quercus, 25 of Crataegus, 5 of Morus, 7 of Abies, 5 of Platanus, 131 of Syringa, 71 of Juniperus, 73 of Rhododendron, 21 of Thuja, 15 of Chamaecyparis, 14 of Ficus, 20 of Spiraea, 18 of Cotoneaster, 7 of Taxus, 82 of Iris, 42 of Hosta, 24 of Pteridophyta, 50 of Sedum, 19 of Geranium, 10 of Fritillaria, 40 of Hemerocallis, 15 of perennial Aster, 9 of Vinca and many other species, cultivars and forms. The plants from the collections are widely used in landscape compositions of the dendropark “Sofiyivka”.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes